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For Mohsin Raza, saffron waistcoats have turned into a habit

IANS  |  Lucknow  April 30, 2017 Last Updated at 16:06 IST

In Uttar Pradesh, every change in government inevitably comes with a change in — well, colour. And in “Yogi Raj” the colour is assertively saffron: From jackets, saris and turbans to upholstery, towels and even microphone wires wrapped in cloth.


and legislators in the new dispensation under Chief Minister are leaving nothing to chance to show the colour of their loyalty. are often seen wearing orange and “sadris” (Nehru-style jackets in khadi), women bright saris to match, and the only Sikh minister, Baldev Olakh, an MLA from Bilaspur, can often be spotted wearing a turban.


For Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim face in the state government, waistcoats have turned into a habit. The cricketer-turned-politician can invariably be spotted wearing them with a kurta.


The seat covers of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s car are a bright orange and most of the can also be seen with bright “chandan teeka” smeared on their foreheads.


Colour has, of course, always been crucial in Uttar Pradesh. If it was Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), pastel shades and dark blue were the norm, and the Samajwadi Party (SP) government meant bright red and green. And now, it’s all the way.


Such is his liking for the colour that the 44-year-old Adityanath likes to sit on chairs that have orange on them. It is for this reason that for the Chief minister, who always wears robes, most chairs, sofas and recliners now have orange upholstery.


And where it is not possible, such as at cabinet meetings, an orange towel has replaced the usual white one. And mandarins in the state government are ensuring that when the Chief Minister is at a public event, even microphones and their wires are wrapped in cloth.


A senior official admitted that “Maharaj ji (Yogi) has a penchant for the colour and hence, to please and keep him in a good mood… care is taken to ensure presence of saffron”.


At a recent review of the functioning of the state government, when flew to Bundelkhand — the first such review held outside the state capital — overzealous officials on the ground picked only “orange” cold drinks for the VVIPs to sip.


Even during the oath-taking ceremony earlier and during the manifesto release of the BJP in the run- to the state assembly elections, which it later won emphatically, many BJP leaders were spotted in saffron, with some even wearing orange socks or a similar coloured “patka” to match.


At press conferences and the unveiling of plaques of some projects held recently at the 5, Kalidas Marg residence of the Chief Minister, the entire marquee and curtains were in bright orange.


Taking its cue from the politicians, a hotel here recently readied a lavish spread at its restaurant, not surprisingly named after Yogi, and the colour of all dishes was orange!

Yogi Adityanath’s ministers swear by saffron clothing to please the boss

For Mohsin Raza, saffron waistcoats have turned into a habit

For Mohsin Raza, saffron waistcoats have turned into a habit

In Uttar Pradesh, every change in government inevitably comes with a change in — well, colour. And in “Yogi Raj” the colour is assertively saffron: From jackets, saris and turbans to upholstery, towels and even microphone wires wrapped in cloth.


and legislators in the new dispensation under Chief Minister are leaving nothing to chance to show the colour of their loyalty. are often seen wearing orange and “sadris” (Nehru-style jackets in khadi), women bright saris to match, and the only Sikh minister, Baldev Olakh, an MLA from Bilaspur, can often be spotted wearing a turban.


For Mohsin Raza, the lone Muslim face in the state government, waistcoats have turned into a habit. The cricketer-turned-politician can invariably be spotted wearing them with a kurta.


The seat covers of Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya’s car are a bright orange and most of the can also be seen with bright “chandan teeka” smeared on their foreheads.


Colour has, of course, always been crucial in Uttar Pradesh. If it was Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), pastel shades and dark blue were the norm, and the Samajwadi Party (SP) government meant bright red and green. And now, it’s all the way.


Such is his liking for the colour that the 44-year-old Adityanath likes to sit on chairs that have orange on them. It is for this reason that for the Chief minister, who always wears robes, most chairs, sofas and recliners now have orange upholstery.


And where it is not possible, such as at cabinet meetings, an orange towel has replaced the usual white one. And mandarins in the state government are ensuring that when the Chief Minister is at a public event, even microphones and their wires are wrapped in cloth.


A senior official admitted that “Maharaj ji (Yogi) has a penchant for the colour and hence, to please and keep him in a good mood… care is taken to ensure presence of saffron”.


At a recent review of the functioning of the state government, when flew to Bundelkhand — the first such review held outside the state capital — overzealous officials on the ground picked only “orange” cold drinks for the VVIPs to sip.


Even during the oath-taking ceremony earlier and during the manifesto release of the BJP in the run- to the state assembly elections, which it later won emphatically, many BJP leaders were spotted in saffron, with some even wearing orange socks or a similar coloured “patka” to match.


At press conferences and the unveiling of plaques of some projects held recently at the 5, Kalidas Marg residence of the Chief Minister, the entire marquee and curtains were in bright orange.


Taking its cue from the politicians, a hotel here recently readied a lavish spread at its restaurant, not surprisingly named after Yogi, and the colour of all dishes was orange!


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